Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Episode Review: Free To Be You And Me


Opening with the apparition of Jessica, the episode starts off at a very different tone than we are used. Of course, you're instantly suspicious at her sudden appearance, because the chick is dead and shouldn't be there. But since we don't know yet what's going on, we just let it slide and try to worry about the ghost later. Because she just has to be a ghost right? But then again,... As we think back to Nick, we get even more anxious about this 'reunion'.

The song 'Simple Man' by Lynyrd Skynyrd fits so perfectly as we watch Dean and Sam's walk of life, and since it's a personal favorite of mine, it always makes me smile. Dean is still out there hunting, while Sam destroys almost every memorabilia of his hunter's life and settles down, working in a bar. 


The episode really kicks off, when Castiel appears. After infiltrating Dean's space, Cas finally gets to the bottom of things, and asks for Dean's help in tracking down Raphael. The archangel killed him in the past, but he needs to find him for information on God's location. Castiel believes that with Dean present, there might be a chance.




Of course, when these two come together, hilarity ensues.
The scene in the deputy's office cracks me up every time. Castiel, an angel of the Lord, seems to have a serious problem with lying and causes some confusion during the interrogation. Finally, he knows he's on the right track when it's determined that Raphael is staying at Saint Pete's.
The sight of Donny Finnerman, the empty vessel of Raphael, greatly disturbs Dean, because he might end up worse if he finds himself too weak to say no to Michael.

In meantime, Sam has to deal with a nosy barmaid, who's deadset on finding out his lifestory. Despite the distraction, he still notices several signs that point at the presence of demons, or worse. He calls Bobby with the information, so he can send some hunters to check it out.

Back at the abandoned house, Dean and Cas prepare everything to trap Raphael in a ring of holy fire. Castiel even takes a little trip to Jerusalem to gather the necessary means for the trap. When Dean touches a rather embarrassing subject for Castiel, their plans abruptly change.


DEAN: Well. Last night on earth. What are your plans?
CASTIEL: I just thought I'd sit here quietly.
DEAN: Come on, anything? Booze, women?
CASTIEL looks at DEAN and away, uncomfortable.
DEAN: You have been with women before. Right? Or an angel, at least?
CASTIEL rubs the back of his neck.

DEAN: You mean to tell me you've never been up there doing a little cloud-seeding?
CASTIEL: I've never had occasion, okay?
DEAN: All right.
DEAN grabs his jacket.

DEAN: Let me tell you something. There are two things I know for certain. One, Bert and Ernie are gay. Two, you are not gonna die a virgin. Not on my watch. Let's go.

Back in the bar where Sam works, he is visited by three hunters who nearly blow his cover in front of Lindsay, the barmaid, but they manage to cover it up in time. The hunters wish for Sam to join in on the fight, but Sam refuses.

The scene that follows in my absolutely favorite of this episode. Castiel's frightened face and nervous antics make me want to hide him away for the rest of eternity. He's truly adorable.

Dean and Castiel are in a brothel, so that Cas can loose his virginity. Castiel is scared out of his mind, but still tries to do what Dean instructs. 



DEAN drinks. CASTIEL looks terrified.
DEAN: Hey. Relax.
CASTIEL: This is a den of iniquity. I should not be here.
DEAN: Dude, you full-on rebelled against heaven. Iniquity is one of the perks.

A HOOKER approaches. DEAN notices.

DEAN: Showtime.
HOOKER: Hi. What's your name?
CASTIEL tries not to look at her.
DEAN: Cas.
CASTIEL startles.

DEAN: His name is Cas. What's your name?
HOOKER: Chastity.
DEAN: Chastity.

CASTIEL drinks his beer.

DEAN: Wow. Is that kismet or what, buddy? Well, he likes you, you like him, so dayenu.

CHASTITY tugs CASTIEL up.

CHASTITY: Come on, baby.

DEAN catches CASTIEL on the way past.

DEAN: Hey, listen. Take this.

DEAN holds out a handful of money.

DEAN: If she asks for a credit card, no. Now just stick to the basics, okay? Do not order off the menu. Go get her, tiger.

CASTIEL stays still.

DEAN: Don't make me push you.

Castiel never does get to lose his virginity though, because he discloses information on the hooker's father, making her furious. Her scream reaches Dean and he pulls Castiel out of there, while laughing his ass off


Lindsay still hasn't given up on finding out all about Sam (or Keith) and keeps digging over dinner. Sam confesses only a part of his life, while keeping the details to himself. She in turn confesses that she is a previous alcoholic, and tries to offer advice.

Back at the hospital, Castiel home-phones Raphael to summon him back to earth. They wait, but he doesn't show up at the hospital.
Instead, Raphael appears at the house when they make it back there. Sizzling with electricity, he doesn't look all that intimidating. Dean is his usual self, and with witty comebacks manages to lure Raphael closer to him and directly into the circle of holy oil, which they lit to trap him.
What's this important news now?  
"God? Didn't you hear? He's dead, Castiel. Dead."

Despite the disappointing news, and discouraging conversation with Raphael, I still found this one of the best parts. Because this is the part where Castiel grows a backbone. And fierce Cas is freaking hot.
"Maybe one day, but today you are my little bitch." 
Of course, Dean wouldn't be Dean if he didn't need to add his two cents. 
"What he said." 

During the little trap-the-angel-in-a-butterfly-net scene, Sam gets confronted by one of the hunters. His best friend died during the hunt at the hand of a demon. Another demon informed them of Sam's past, and now the hunter want him to fess up. Another hunter has a hold of Lindsay and they threaten her life if Sam doesn't tell them exactly what he has done. More so, they want him to drink the blood so he can avenge their deceased friend. They even go as far as holding him down and pouring it in his mouth. 


The heartfelt talk between Dean and Cas about their fathers, and the fact that Dean enjoys life without Sam, made me go 'aww'. Although, I don't really believe him.

The episode ends with another visit from Jess, who finally reveals herself/himself as Lucifer. In the form of Nick, good ol' Lucy informs Sam of his true destiny as Lucifer's vessel.

Dramatic ending, right? But very well done.

Click here for a look at this episode's best moments.

That's all for this episode. See you soon!

Shirley out!

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